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World Heritage, Tourism and Identity

Inscription and Co-production

By Laurent Bourdeau, Maria Gravari-Barbas

© 2015 – Routledge

290 pages

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About the Book

The remarkable success of the 1972 UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage is borne out by the fact that nearly 1,000 properties have now been designated as possessing Outstanding Universal Value and recognition given to the imperative for their protection. However, the remarkable success of the Convention is not without its challenges and a key issue for many Sites relates to the touristic legacies of inscription. For many sites inscription on the World Heritage List acts as a promotional device and the management challenge is one of protection, conservation and dealing with increased numbers of tourists. For other sites, designation has not brought anticipated expansion in tourist numbers and associated investments. What is clear is that tourism is now a central concern to the wide array of stakeholders involved with World Heritage Sites.


'This volume provides an exploration of current themes in World Heritage Site tourism using case studies from nearly every portion of Earth. Contained within are excellent discussions of topics not covered elsewhere: the social life of heritage tourism sites, the absence of gender in heritage, and the role of intangibility. It is a useful addition to any heritage tourism library.' Daniel C. Knudsen, Indiana University, USA ’This collection of essays provides a well-rounded, global overview of many important issues in the context of sustainable World Heritage Site management. Its contributors deliver a wide-ranging array of empirical case studies and tasty conceptual tidbits we all need to appreciate better as we strive to understand tourism, heritagization processes and the consumption of tangible and intangible pasts.’ Dallen J. Timothy, Arizona State University, USA

About the Authors

Laurent Bourdeau is in the Department of Geography at the Université Laval, Canada, Maria Gravari-Barbas is at the Institut de Recherche et d’Études Supérieures du Tourisme, University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, France and Mike Robinson is at the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham, UK.

About the Series

Heritage, Culture and Identity

Heritage, Culture and Identity
This series explores all notions of heritage - including social and cultural heritage, the meanings of place and identity, multiculturalism, management and planning, tourism, conservation, and the built environment - at all scales from the global to the local. Although primarily geographical in orientation, it is open to other disciplines such as anthropology, history, cultural studies, planning, tourism, architecture/conservation, and local governance and cultural economics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography